Bug Bites or Sting
There are many kinds of insects that bites, including mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, bed bugs, and chiggers. And there are some that stings, such as bees, wasps, fire ants, and scorpions.
The symptoms of insect bites or stings vary depending on the severity of the body’s reaction to the insect’s venom. Most reactions are mild, with an annoying itch or a stinging sensation and slight swelling. Bug Bites & Sting that are severe should receive immediate medical treatment.
Symptoms of Mild Bug Bites or Sting
- Minor swelling.
- Soreness or pain.
- Redness with itching or burning.
Symptoms of Severe Bug Bites or Sting
- Trouble breathing or swallowing.
- Swelling in your mouth or throat.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Reddish rash or hives.
- Dizziness or loss of consciousness.
The symptoms of insect/bug bites or stings vary depending on the severity of the body’s reaction to the insect’s venom.
Treating Mild Bug Bites or Stings
- Move away from the area to avoid additional bug bites or stings.
- To reduce pain and swelling, apply a cold pack or cloth filled with ice.
- Apply a 1% or 0.5% hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or a baking soda paste to the bite or sting several times a day.
- Refrain from scratching, which can lead to infection. If you suspect that a bite or sting is infected, consider seeking medical treatment to prevent further complications.
Treating Severe Bites or Stings
Severe bites or stings should always receive immediate medical treatment.
Call 911 or get immediate medical help if:
- There are no signs of breathing.
- There is difficulty breathing, such as wheezing.
- Swelling of the lips or tongue.